Aug 24, 2013

The Non-Traditional College Student =)

Hey Loves! I'm so happy to say i'll be starting school this Tuesday. Yippie! As a "Non-Traditional" College Student, I'm prepared for this new chapter in my life. It's not uncommon for the "Non-Traditional" College Student like myself to be still attending school after the age of 22 (so really it's okay if you're just like me trying to complete your degree after the "traditional" college age! You're never too old right?). I have a wonderful career at the moment as a "Personal Banker" for one of the largest Banks in the Nation (for personal reasons, I will not state what Bank it is...haha). However, this position is not my dream job. My dream job is to have my own business (clothing line, clothing store, etc). There was once a time in my early years when I was considered the "Traditional" College student. I attended school with a goal to achieve a degree in Business. Working Part-time, I was offered a position to move up in my company, so of course I greatly accepted the opportunity. I took a break from school ("break" sounds so much better than college drop-out), and continued to work full time. Lost track of time and then it hit me. I never completed my goal to achieve my Bachelors degree =( So I have decided...No more sad faces...It's time to achieve my dreams. But this time, it will be much different. Driving in a completely different direction than business or banking (the industry I currently work in), I've decided to listen to my intuition and go for what I truly am passionate about: Fashion. For the past year, I have been researching my options. There are so many pricey Art Institutes in my area. All they want to do is take my money! It's horrible how much they charge the students attending their school's program. Good news is Sacramento State University offers Marketing Apparel & Design. I was thrilled when I found this out. Effective Spring 2014, I will be attending Sac State Full-time in this major. In the meantime, I'm taking 3 courses at a well known community college. The courses I am taking are transferable to Sac State (yay!). More good news! This month I made my last car payment (such a relief!). Therefore, more money to save! My Boss is so wonderful working around my school schedule. A lot to look forward to in the next months and upcoming year! I'm so grateful!

|| Heart & Anchor Tee || Target $3.00 on clearance!! reg $10.00 || Polka dot Skinny Jeans || Target, Merona (similar pant's here $15 on clearance! reg $27.99 || Red Inspired Keds || Target (In-Store Only) Similar here for $27.80

I decided to post a look i'd wear on my first day of school. Amy from Classy In the Classroom recently posted a post about what to wear on our first day of school. Whether you are a student or a teacher (like Miss Amy) you should always have your first day of school outfit set :).

The Back Pack was given to me for free at a work event. I had my heart set on a designer back pack but when you're a college student (broke or rich) a back pack is a back pack! lol anything that will hold your binder and notebook will do! So no need for anything fancy

Lately I haven't been purchasing lots of clothes (I'm attempting to budget like a college student should). When school starts, I will be committed to homework and studying. I hope to work on my blog at least once a week. But I can't promise anything. School will be my top priority!

I recently purchased an adorable inspired Kate Spade Bow from Etsy - Betty Bows It's so girly. Big hair bows are great to wear to a girly event (baby shower, bridal shower, etc.)

I love projects that require me to express my creative side. Jason and I were given this old fashioned wine cart about one year ago. We always had it put away because it seems a bit old school. After attending a big antique show with my mom, I was inspired to paint it white and decorate it with outdoor decor. I'm so proud of the way it turned out :)

Well that's it for now. I hope everyone has a fabulous week!


  1. Good luck! Love the first day outfit and I love what you did with the wine cart!

  2. Awwww! Thanks for the mention gorgeous girl!!! That is the perfect first day back to college look!!! Casual yet comfy and ready to walk around a campus! I remember having to walk for at least 15-20 minutes to all of my classes! Crazy! You know I love all things nautical so I'm LOVING this entire outfit! You look amazing! Good luck! You will do fantastic! Not many people can say they LOVE their job, so it's awesome that you are following your heart and what you are passionate about! I love my job even though I don't make much money. I couldn't imagine doing anything else! Love the hair how and that little antique cart looks awesome! You did such a great job! By the way that outfit was a steal! You got great deals on those clearance items!

    1. I thought I'd mention my favorite teacher blogger since I was talking about "Back to School" I'm glad you liked it! I know it's gonna be a challenge working full-time while taking 3 classes but i'm confident I can do it this semester. I will more than likely be working part-time in the spring (especially now that I have my car paid off! :) ) I think you're when you say not many people can say they LOVE their job. But in the end, as long as a person try's to accomplish a life long goal, that's really all that matters. Thank you for your sweet words of good luck girly! xoxo

  3. Hey, I nominated you for the Liebster award because I love your blog! Go check it out! :) x

  4. OMG I am SOOOOO proud of you!!! Way to go!!! Follow your dreams. Life is so short and you only have one shot. I believe there is no such thing as too late. You are still so young. OMG I am so happy you are going to have a blast and the time will fly by because you are doing what you LOVE!!!!!!

    So excited to hear updates all along the way!

    Good Luck!

    The Parlor Girl

  5. You make a hot college student hun! Its never too late, xoxo.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS on going back to school & achieving your dreams girl!!! That's wonderful!! :) I too am in college for a second time...I already graduated once with a microbiology degree, and now I'm back getting my bachelor's in nursing. I would love to be a nurse practitioner one day! :) So I understand the going back to school thing and it's never too late!!!! By the way you look ADORABLE! LOVE the back to school look and that bow!!!


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  8. I love what you did with the wine cart! so creative. I don't know if you've done one before, but I nominated you for the Liebster Award. It is really just a fun tag. You can read about it here:

  9. Hi Renaaye,

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award which is basically just a fun way of connecting bloggers :)

    If you don't know what the Liebster Award is (which wouldn't be shocking since I just learned about it the other day) you can check out my post that I tagged you in on my blog!

    I hope you chose to participate!

    here is the direct link to the post:


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